Training for foster carers

It's important that you feel supported and confident in your role as a foster carer. We want to make sure that foster placements work, for you and the child, so we'll offer you as much help and advice as you need. You'll have regular opportunities to attend training to make sure you have the skills and knowledge required to meet a child's needs.

Training

Before you can be approved as a foster carer you'll need to attend a preparation for fostering course. If you're a couple you'll both need to attend. 

All new foster carers also have to complete a national standard level of training within 18 months of taking on the role. It's important to make sure that you're competent and safe in your new role and our training helps to you develop the skills and knowledge that you'll need to support the child you'll be caring for. If you've got some prior experience of working with children and young people we'll take this into account as evidence towards meeting the standard. You can read more about the training, support and development standards for foster care on the GOV.UK website.

When you're fostering we'll continue to offer you training, including the opportunity to take NVQ qualifications as part of our Payment for Skills scheme. For each level you achieve you'll receive an increased allowance. Please refer to our information about how much you'll get paid for fostering for details. 

Your fostering social worker will help you to identify the courses that you need to attend. We'll also work with you on a personal development plan and a training profile.  

Foster carer training program

Find out more about some of the courses and resources offered to you as a foster carer:

  • a list of courses available on POD
  • a list of courses from Kate Cairns e-learning
  • POD e-learning
  • access to e-learning from the Rees Centre
  • access to Research in Practice

If you are a newly approved foster carer, then you will need to complete the TSDS (Training Standards and Development Workbook) in your first year of approval. 

Courses

There are some specific courses which run only for foster carers.

  • Paediatric First Aid – this is a 3-day course that is taught and certificated and lasts for 3 years. There is a course set up specifically for foster carers.
  • Solihull Training Course. This course is a 10-week programme, with two cohorts running twice a year, starting in January and in September.  The course is delivered by the Andrew French and Zoe Smith from the fostering team, in conjunction with Ian England and Sarah Hudson from the training and development section.
  • FLAG (Fostering Lasting Attachments Group) lead by Ellis Mosely, a clinical psychologist based at CAMHS with Louise Fisher with the fostering team.
  • Level 3 Diploma for the Children’s and Young People’s Workforce: Social Care Pathway (England). This course is available for foster carers two years after approval.  It will start in April, with the intention of completing the Diploma in the following year.  Completion of the Diploma should see progression to Skills Based Level 3 at the start of the following financial year.

Course

Date

 Time

Location

Raising Awareness of the Safeguarding Adult Process

Wednesday 1 April

10am to 12pm

Room 1, Barnsley Town Hall

Child Neglect

Thursday 2 April

09:30 – 12:30

Room 2, Barnsley Town Hall

Introduction to Safeguarding Children

Friday 3 April

09:30 – 12:30

Room 2, Barnsley Town Hall

Safeguarding Children from Sex Offenders who use the Internet 

Friday 3 April

09:30 – 12:30

Room 11, Barnsley Town Hall

Pregnancy and Mental Health Before and After the Baby

Wednesday 8 April

09:30 – 12:30

Room 2, Barnsley Town Hall

Attachment Theory

Friday 17 April

09:30 – 12:30

Reception Room, Barnsley Town Hall

Drugs Awareness

Monday 20 April

12:30 – 14:00

Room 2, Barnsley Town Hall

Understanding Bullying and Contextual Safeguarding

Monday 20 April

09:30 – 12:30

Room 11, Barnsley Town Hall

Working Together to Safeguard Children and Young People

Tuesday 21 April

09:30 – 16:30

Room 2, Barnsley Town Hall

Contextual Safeguarding

Wednesday 22 April

12:30 – 14:00

Room 2, Barnsley Town Hall

Criminal Exploitation of Children – County Lines

Friday 24 April

09:30 – 12:30

Room 2, Barnsley Town Hall

More Than Just Attention Seeking:  Responding to Self-Harm in Young People – A Brief Insight for Front-Line Practitioners

Monday 27 April

09:30 – 12:30

Reception Room, Barnsley Town Hall

Working with Resistant Adults and Families

Wednesday 29 April

09:30 – 16:30

Room 11, Barnsley Town Hall

Relationships and Sex Education

Thursday 30 April

09:30 – 12:30

Westgate Plaza Boardroom

Safeguarding in the Digital World

Monday 4 May

09:30 – 12:30

Reception Room, Barnsley Town Hall

Look, Say, Sing, Play.  Helping Parents Understand Their Role in Developing Their Baby’s Brain

Tuesday 5 May

12:30 – 14:30

Room 2, Barnsley Town Hall

Safeguarding Against Extremism – Prevent Awareness

Thursday 7 May

10:00 – 12:00

Room 2, Barnsley Town Hall

Hidden Harm

Tuesday 12 May

09:30 – 12:30

Room 2, Barnsley Town Hall

Recognizing and Responding to Sexually Harmful Behaviour

Wednesday 13 May

09:30 – 16:30

Room 11, Barnsley Town Hall

Effectively Engaging with Families

Thursday 14 May

09:30 – 12:30

Room 2, Barnsley Town Hall

Alcohol Misuse Awareness

Friday 15 May

12:30 – 14:00

Room 2, Barnsley Town Hall

Compromised Parenting – The Effects of the Toxic Trio

Tuesday 19 May

09:30 – 12:30

Reception Room, Barnsley Town Hall

Designated Safeguarding Lead Training

Wednesday 20 May

09:30 – 16:30

Room 11, Barnsley Town Hall

Child Protection Conferences and Core Groups

Thursday 21 May

09:30 – 16:30

Room 11, Barnsley Town Hall

Contextual Safeguarding

Friday 22 May

12:30 – 14:00

Room 11, Barnsley Town Hall

Working Together to Safeguard Children and Young People

Wednesday 3 June

09:30 – 16:30

Room 11, Barnsley Town Hall

Dealing with Disclosures

Thursday 4 June

12:30 – 14:00

Room 2, Barnsley Town Hall

Human Trafficking and Modern Day Slavery

Friday 5 June

9:30 – 12:30

Reception Room, Barnsley Town Hall

Relationships and Sex Education

Tuesday 9 June

09:30 – 12:30

Room 2, Barnsley Town Hall

Hidden Men

Wednesday 10 June

Wed 10 June

09:30 – 12:30

Room 2, Barnsley Town Hall

Introduction to Safeguarding Children

Thursday 11 June

09:30 – 12:30

Room 2, Barnsley Town Hall

Fabricated and Induced Illness

Friday 12 June

12:30 – 14:00

Room 2, Barnsley Town Hall

Teenage Sexual Identity 

Monday 15 June

09:30 – 12:30

Room 11, Barnsley Town Hall

Child Neglect

Tuesday 16 June

09:30 – 12:30

Room 2, Barnsley Town Hall

Pregnancy and Mental Health Before and After the Baby

Wednesday 17 Jube

13:30 – 16:30

Room 11, Barnsley Town Hall

Criminal Exploitation of Children

Thursday 18 June

12:30 – 14:00

Room 2, Barnsley Town Hall

Strength Based Approach in Children’s Services

Tuesday 23 June

09:30 – 12:30

Room 1, Barnsley Town Hall

Working with Parents with Mental Health Issues and Safeguarding.

Wednesday 24 June

09:30 – 12:30

Room 2, Barnsley Town Hall

Awareness Raising of Female Genital Mutilation

Thursday 25 June

10:00 – 12:00

Room 2, Barnsley Town Hall

Contextual Safeguarding

Friday 26 June

12:30 – 14:00

Room 2, Barnsley Town Hall

Criminal Exploitation of Children – County Lines

Thursday 2 July

09:30 – 12:30

Reception Room, Barnsley Town Hall

Contextual Safeguarding

Friday 3 July

12:30 – 14:00

Room 2, Barnsley Town Hall

Spice Awareness

Monday 6 July

12:30 – 14:00

Room 2, Barnsley Town Hall

Understanding and Dealing with Abusers who are in Positions of Trust:  Learning the Lessons from the Jimmy Savile Investigations

Tuesday 7 July

09:30 – 12:30

Reception Room, Barnsley Town Hall

Hidden Harm

Wednesday 8 July

09:30 – 12:30

Room 2, Barnsley Town Hall

Understanding Bullying and Contextual Safeguarding

Thursday 9 July

09:30 – 12:30

Room 11,

Barnsley Town Hall

Safeguarding in the Digital World

Tuesday 14 July

09:30 – 12:30

Room 2, Barnsley Town Hall

Working Together to Safeguard Children and Young People

Thursday 16 July

09:30 – 16:30

Room 2, Barnsley Town Hall

Raising Awareness of the Safeguarding Adult Process

Thursday 3 September

10:00 – 12:00

Room 2, Barnsley Town Hall

Look, Say, Sing, Play.  Helping Parents Understand Their Role in Developing Their Baby’s Brain

Friday 4 September

12:30 – 14:30

Room 2, Barnsley Town Hall

Awareness Raising of Female Genital Mutilation

Wednesday 9 September

10:00 – 12:00

Room 2, Barnsley Town Hall

Human Trafficking and Modern Day Slavery

Thursday 10 September

09:30 – 12:30

Room 2, Barnsley Town Hall

Pregnancy and Mental Health Before and After the Baby

Monday 14 September

09:30 – 12:30

Room 2, Barnsley Town Hall

More Than Just Attention Seeking:  Responding to Self-Harm in Young People – A Brief Insight for Front-Line Practitioners

Tuesday 15 September

09:30 – 12:30

Reception Room, Barnsley Town Hall

Child Protection Conferences and Core Groups

Wednesday 16 September

09:30 – 16:30

Room 11, Barnsley Town Hall

Alcohol Misuse Awareness

Thursday 17 September

12:30 – 14:00

Room 2, Barnsley Town Hall

Introduction to Safeguarding Children

Friday 18 September

09:30 – 12:30

Room 2, Barnsley Town Hall

Relationships and Sex Education

Monday 21 September

09:30 – 12:30

Room 2, Barnsley Town Hall

Working Together to Safeguard Children and Young People

Tuesday 22 September

9:30 – 16:30

Room 2, Barnsley Town Hall

Criminal Exploitation of Children

Thursday 24 September

12:30 – 14:00

Room 2, Barnsley Town Hall

Contextual Safeguarding

Friday 25 September

12:30 – 14:00

Room 2, Barnsley Town Hall

Child Sexual Exploitation

Tuesday 29 September

09:30 – 16:30

Reception Room, Barnsley Town Hall

Child Neglect

Wednesday 30 September

09:30 – 12:30

Room 2, Barnsley Town Hall

Effectively Engaging with Families

Friday 2 October

09:30 – 12:30

Room 2, Barnsley Town Hall

Hidden Harm

Tuesday 6 October

09:30 – 12:30

Room 2, Barnsley Town Hall

Safeguarding Against Extremism – Prevent Awareness

Wednesday 7 October

10:00 – 12:00

Room 1, Barnsley Town Hall

Fabricated and Induced Illness

Friday 9 October

12:30 – 14:00

Room 2, Barnsley Town Hall

Criminal Exploitation of Children – County Lines

Tuesday 13 October

09:30 – 12:30

Reception Room, Barnsley Town Hall

Safeguarding Children Through Safer Recruitment

Wednesday 14 October

9:30 – 12:30

Room 2, Barnsley Town Hall

Safeguarding Children from Sex Offenders who use the Internet 

Thursday 15 October

09:30 – 12:30

Room 12, Barnsley Town Hall

Spice Awareness

Friday 16 October

12:30 – 14:00

Room 2, Barnsley Town Hall

Dealing with Disclosures

Tuesday 20 October

12:30 – 14:00

Room 2, Barnsley Town Hall

Sexual Identity and Working with Transgender Issues 

Wednesday 21 October

9:30 – 12:30

Room 11, Barnsley Town Hall

Working with Resistant Adults and Families

Thursday 22 October

09:30 – 16:30

Room 11, Barnsley Town Hall

Contextual Safeguarding

Friday 23 October 

12:30 – 14:00

Room 2, Barnsley Town Hall

Safeguarding in the Digital World

Wednesday 4 November

09:30 – 12:30

Room 11, Barnsley Town Hall

Recognizing and Responding to Signs of Abuse and The Role of the Paediatrician Explained

Friday 6 November

12:30 – 14:00

The Boardroom, Gateway Plaza

Working Together to Safeguard Children and Young People

Wednesday 11 November

09:30 – 16:30

Room 2, Barnsley Town Hall

Hidden Men

Thursday 12 November

09:30 – 12:30

Reception Room, Barnsley Town Hall

Introduction to Safeguarding Children

Tuesday 17 November

9.30am to 12.30pm

Room 2, Barnsley Town Hall

Recognizing and Responding to Sexually Harmful Behaviour

Wednesday 18 November

09:30 – 16:30

Room 11, Barnsley Town Hall

Compromised Parenting – The Effects of the Toxic Trio

Thursday 19 November

09:30 – 12:30

Reception Room, Barnsley Town Hall

Understanding Bullying and Contextual Safeguarding

Monday 23 November

09:30 – 12:30

Room 11, Barnsley Town Hall

Working with Parents with Mental Health Issues and Safeguarding

Tuesday 24 November

09:30 – 12:30

Room 2, Barnsley Town Hall

Pregnancy and Mental Health Before and After the Baby

Thursday 26 November

13:30 – 16:30

Room 2, Barnsley Town Hall

Look, Say, Sing, Play. Helping Parents Understand Their Role in Developing Their Baby’s Brain

Tuesday 1 December

12:30 – 14:30

Room 2, Barnsley Town Hall

Human Trafficking and Modern-Day Slavery

Wednesday 2 December

09:30 – 12:30

Room 1, Barnsley Town Hall

Child Neglect

Thursday 3 December

09:30 – 12:30

Room 2, Barnsley Town Hall

Drugs Awareness

Friday 4 December

12:30 – 14:00

Room 2, Barnsley Town Hall

Teenage Sexual Identity

Monday 7 December

09:30 – 12:30

Room 11, Barnsley Town Hall

Child Protection Conferences and Core Groups

Tuesday 8 December

09:30 – 16:30

Room 2, Barnsley Town Hall

Hidden Harm

Thursday 10 December

09:30 – 12:30

Room 2, Barnsley Town Hall

Attachment Theory

Friday 11 December

09:30 – 12:30

Reception Room, Barnsley Town Hall

Criminal Exploitation of Children

Tuesday 15 December

12:30 – 14:00

Room 2, Barnsley Town Hall

Child Sexual Exploitation

Thursday 7 January

09:30 – 16:30

Reception Room, Barnsley Town Hall

Working Together to Safeguard Children and Young People

Tuesday 12 January

09:30 – 16:30

Reception Room Barnsley Town Hall

Pregnancy and Mental Health Before and After the Baby

Wednesday 13 January

09:30 – 12:30

Room 2, Barnsley Town Hall

More Than Just Attention Seeking: Responding to Self-Harm in Young People – A Brief Insight for Front-Line Practitioners

Thursday 14 January

09:30 – 12:30

Reception Room, Barnsley Town Hall

Raising Awareness of the Safeguarding Adult Process

Tuesday 19 January

10:00 – 12:00

Room 2, Barnsley Town Hall

Relationships and Sex Education

Wednesday 20 January

09:30 – 12:30

Room 2, Barnsley Town Hall

Awareness Raising of Female Genital Mutilation

Thursday 21 January

10:00 – 12:00

Room 2, Barnsley Town Hall

Sexual Identity and Working with Transgender Issues 

Monday 1 February

09:30 – 12:30

Room 11, Barnsley Town Hall

Safeguarding Against Extremism – Prevent Awareness

Tuesday 2 February

10:00 – 12:00

Room 2, Barnsley Town Hall

Safeguarding Children Through Safer Recruitment

Friday 11 February

9:30 – 12:30

Room 2, Barnsley Town Hall

Dealing with Disclosures

Wednesday 10 February

12:30 – 14:00

Room 2, Barnsley Town Hall

Pregnancy and Mental Health Before and After the Baby

Thursday 11 March

13:30 – 16:30

Room 2, Barnsley Town Hall

 Kate Cairns eLearning

  • Adolescence
  • Assessing and managing risk
  • Attachment and brain development
  • Behaviour and the physical environment
  • Behaviour and the physical environment: Adapting the physical environment to promote recovery from trauma
  • Brain development and positive parenting
  • Building individual and community resilience
  • Building resilience
  • Child-centred assessment
  • Child development
  • Child protection
  • Child sexual exploitation: Protecting children and young people from harm
  • Children and young people who misuse substances
  • Children’s rights
  • Communicating with children and young people
  • Confidentiality and record keeping
  • Contact in foster care
  • Domestic violence
  • Eating disorders: A relationship-based approach to prevention and recovery
  • Emotion coaching
  • Emotion coaching: A systemic, relational approach to behaviour
  • Equality and diversity
  • Equality and diversity in professional practice
  • Five to thrive for life: Adolescence
  • Foetal alcohol spectrum disorders: Systemic approaches to improving life chances for children and young people
  • Foetal exposure to alcohol
  • Impulsive behaviour
  • Introduction to attachment and brain development
  • Introduction to child development
  • Introduction to child protection
  • Introduction to communicating with children and young people
  • Introduction to promoting secure attachment: Brain development and positive parenting
  • Introduction to understanding trauma
  • Making safe connections – the digital revolution, neuroscience and human attachment needs
  • Maladaptive behaviours: Promoting recovery for children who harm themselves
  • Men in children’s services
  • Multi-disciplinary working
  • Narrative work
  • Narrative work: The development of a positive sense of self
  • Parental mental health issues
  • Professional development
  • Safer caring
  • Secondary trauma
  • Secondary trauma and community resilience
  • Self-harming behaviours
  • Self-injuring and self-sabotaging behaviours: A relationship-based approach to prevention and recovery
  • Sexualised behaviour: Issues in foster care
  • Sexualised behaviour: Managing risk, promoting recovery
  • Supervising foster care
  • Teamwork
  • The role of the foster carer
  • Transitions and vulnerability
  • Understanding trauma
  • Vulnerability, trauma and recovery

KCA training - eLearning

Courses can be viewed without an account

Find out more about KTA training courses, on their website and select the e-learning tab.

Foster carers-application process

  • Inform your supervising social worker of the course you wish to undertake. 
  • Applications must be requested via the supervising social worker to ensure that only the agreed/appropriate training is being allocated or undertaken.
  • Only one eLearning module per household can be allocated currently.
  • When the application is processed a system-generated email will be sent from KCA Training with details of the course.
  • There is a log in option at the top right side of the KCA Training webpages. Forgotten passwords can be reset by the foster carer themselves.
  • Username is the foster carer’s email address.

POD learning 

  • Assertive communication
  • Basic autism awareness
  • Child sexual exploitation
  • Down’s syndrome awareness
  • Drug and alcohol awareness
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Epilepsy awareness
  • Female genital mutilation
  • Fire Safety
  • Food safety awareness
  • Hate and mate crime
  • Modern slavery and human trafficking
  • Nutritional awareness
  • Prevent
  • Self-harm
  • Smoking awareness
  • Spelling, grammar and punctuation
  • Stress management
  • Toothbrushing club
  • Trans Awareness

RiP (Research in Practice) learning

We take learning and development very seriously, for our staff and our foster carers, and to sure that our offer to you includes access to a wide variety of flexible learning opportunities. The support you give children and young people is vital in their lives and we want you to feel you are supported too and have access to high-quality information.

To help us do this we continue to be partners of Research in Practice (RiP) who have over 20-years of experience in developing evidence-informed resources and learning opportunities to support people working with children and young people. Topics cover subjects like attachment, child development, online abuse, mental health, sexual abuse and exploitation. Information is provided as briefings, practical tools, webinars and e-learning modules.

Find out more about Rip resources and learning

Courses include

  • Children experiencing domestic abuse
  • Conduct disorder
  • Neglect
  • Play in outdoor spaces
  • Safeguarding in the 21st century
  • Under the influence

RiP accounts for Foster Carers

RiP have created accounts for our foster carers and you should have received an email notifying you of your login and password. If you have lost, or forgotten, your details you can get a reminder or reset your Rip password.

The resources are accessible 24/7 so are ideal to fit around a busy life. They are suitable for group work or for individual self-directed learning. Do include learning activities which involve the RiP resources in your record of development it is as important as any face-to-face classroom-based training you do.

If you aren’t sure if you are registered for an account you can email Suzannah Rockett or call (01226) 775639.